Monthly Archives: June 2013

Saeed Kalaanaki-Judicial decree to collect the bail money for parental home

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – CHRR member Saeed Kalaanaki’s parental home that was collateral for his bail, was set for sale per the orders of the Ministry of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, before a directive was given to instead pay 100 million Tomans (around $30,000) in cash. His family is ordered to produce a down payment of 21 million Tomans paid in cash followed by monthly payments of 2.5 million Tomans lasting 36 months.

This enforcement mandate has been handed down despite the fact that Kalaanaki’s family does not even have the funds to pay the installments. Saeed Kalaanaki, member of CHRR and former head of The Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his human rights work. He was arrested by Intelligence agents in the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009. During the past 2 years, judiciary officials from Shahid Moghaddas court in Evin prison sent four written subpoenas to Kalaanaki’s family warning them that if he did not present himself, their collateral would be seized.

According to Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Intelligence agents detained Saeed Kalaanaki for the fifth time on November 30, 2009, a few months after the contested presidential elections. After his home was searched, Kalaanaki was transferred to Ward 209 of Evin prison. He was held for 100 days in custody at Evin prison; 28 days in solitary confinement and the rest in a 7-meter cell holding 3 prisoners. He was released on 100 million Tomans bail in March 2010. That same year, Intelligence agents arrested nine CHRR members who were held for long periods of time in solitary cells in Ward 209, Ward 240 and Ward 2-A – under the jurisdiction of the IRGC.

In May 2010, Judge Pir Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court handed human rights activist Kalanaaki a 3-year prison sentence on the charges of “membership in Committee of Human Rights Reporters”, “propaganda against the regime”, and “insulting the leadership.” Kalaanaki denied the last 2 charges brought against him.

The founding member of CHRR was summoned numerous times and received threatening phone calls demanding that he cease his human rights activities. From 2003 to 2005 he was detained four times by Security agents and was held in Evin solitary cells in Wards 209, and 240. He also spent time in Hall 3 of Evin prison. Judge Hadad presiding over Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court handed him a fine and a 3-year prison sentence, which was suspended for 5 years. With the two rulings, Kalannaki now faces a 6-year prison sentence.

Saeed Jalalifar, another member of CHRR was granted furlough on June 26 after enduring almost 2 years behind bars. He was arrested on November 30, 2009 during the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections and handed a 3-year prison sentence on the charges of “illegal gathering” and “propaganda against the regime.” On July 31, 2011 he was arrested and transferred to Evin prison after he presented himself at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran to prevent the reversal of his bail.

Shiva Nazarahari, founding member and former head of CHRR has been arrested numerous times stemming from her human rights work. After her last arrest on December 20, 2009, she was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “Illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.”  She was also banned from continuing her education towards a Masters degree. She is spending her prison term behind bars in Evin prison’s women’s ward.

Kouhyar Goudarzi, member and former head of CHRR was arrested numerous times and expelled from Sharif University of Technology due to his human rights work. When he was last arrested on July 31, 2011, his whereabouts and condition were unknown for several months as authorities refused to acknowledge he was in custody. The journalist was later handed a 5-year prison sentence in exile in the remote city of Zabol on the charges of “propaganda against the regime,” and “assembly and collusion against national security.”

Saeed Haeri, former member of CHRR is spending his 2-year prison sentence behind bars in Evin prison and Navid Khanjani, another former member is spending his 12-year sentence in Rajai Shahr prison. Parisa Kakai, former CHRR member was handed a 2-year prison term and Ali Kalaei, another former member was handed a 7-year term. Other former members of CHRR who have been harassed and investigated by the security apparatus are Hesam Meysaghi, Sepehr Atefi, and left-wing student activist Saeed Habibi.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) condemns the oppression and prosecution of all human rights defenders, and demands the unconditional release of all present and former members of CHRR, along with an immediate termination to the harassment and intimidation inflicted on its members by the security and judiciary apparatus.

وثیقه سعید کلانکی توسط مراجع قضایی ضبط شد

Judicial decree to collect the bail money for activist Saeed Kalaanaki

Saeed Kalaanaki


Saeed Jalalifar released on furlough with 4 other political prisoners

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Saeed Jalalifar, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Ali Amini, Morteza Khosravirad and Farah Vazehan were released from prison today on a 4-day furlough.

According to CHRR, Saeed Jalalifar, member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters was granted furlough today June 26, after enduring almost 2 years behind bars.

Human rights activist Saeed Jalalifar was arrested on November 30th, 2009 during the time of mass protests in the aftermath of the contested presidential elections. He was released on bail from Evin prison on March 16th, 2010 after spending months in temporary custody under interrogations.

Jalalifar was later handed a 3-year prison sentence on the charges of “illegal gathering” and “propaganda against the regime.” On July 31, 2011 he was arrested and transferred to Evin prison after he presented himself at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran to prevent the reversal of his bail.

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Saeed Jalalifar released with 4 other political prisoners 

Saeed Jalalifar

 


Ali Nakouyi arrested in Shiraz, condition of 3 detained student activists unknown

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Reports indicate that on Thursday June 20, Ali Nakouyi was detained by Intelligence agents while there is no news of the whereabouts or condition of three individuals arrested in Fars province.

Per the reports, Ali Nakouyi who is a Green activist residing in Fars province was accosted by plainclothes officials equipped with wireless devices and weapons as he was leaving his workplace on June 20. The officials detained him and transferred him to an undisclosed location.

At the same time, Intelligence officials raided the residence of Ali Nakouyi, conducted a search of his home and confiscated his personal items including his computer, CD’s and family photo albums. Ali Nakouyi worked as a security official at the Shiraz airport checkpoint stations. While he is a supporter of Grand Ayatoolah Dastgheib who is the spiritual leader of the opposition movement critical of the government and a Mousavi supporter, no explanation has been given for Nakouyi’s arrest.

The whereabouts of three other individuals who were detained about 2 weeks ago also remains unknown. The three student activists Mohammad Reza Vahedi, Azita Rasti Firouzadeh, and Mehdi Farmani were detained on Tuesday June11th. Despite efforts on the part of their family members to obtain any information, no information has been released regarding their condition.

During the past few weeks, student, political and civil rights activists have been subjected to an increased wave of arrests.

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Ali Nakouyi arrested in Shiraz, condition of 3 detained student activists unknown

بازداشت علی نکویی در شیراز و بی خبری از سه فعال دانشجویی بازداشتی

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Jila Baniyaghoub released and Nasrin Sotoudeh on prison furlough

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Journalist and women’s rights activist Jila Baniyaghoub was released from prison after serving her one-year prison sentence and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was granted prison furlough on Sunday June 23rd.

According to CHRR, Jila Baniyaghoub entered Evin prison on September 2, 2012 to serve her one-year prison sentence and was released after serving her term. Human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh was granted a 4-day furlough due to a religious holiday.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was detained on September 4, 2010 and later sentenced to 6 years in prison and a 20-year ban from practicing law or leaving the country for “acting against national security.” She had served as the attorney for many high-profile cases of human rights and political activists.

Nasrin Sotoudeh went on hunger strike while behind bars in October 2012, lasting 49 days. She ended her hunger strike when judicial authorities acceded to her demand to halt the limitations imposed on her family and to lift a travel ban on her daughter.

Journalist, writer and women’s rights activist Jila Baniyaghoub was detained during the time of unrest following the disputed presidential elections on June 20, 2009 along with her husband, journalist Bahman Amouie. Baniyaghoub was handed a one-year prison sentence and a 30-year ban on any press activities. Her husband Bahman Amouie was handed a prison sentence of 5-year and 6 months, which he is serving behind bars at Rajai Shahr prison.

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Jila Baniyaghoub & Nasrin Sotoudeh

Arash Sadeghi, jailed activist on 22nd day of hunger strike

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Arash Sadeghi, student activist and member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential election campaign continues his hunger strike in protest of his mistreatment by prison officials.

According to CHRR, Arash Sadeghi has been held incommunicado in Ward 290 of Evin prison is now on his 22nd day of hunger strike and in poor physical condition.

Arash Sadeghi was studying for his masters in philosophy at Allameh Tabatabai University until he was banned from his studies. He was arrested on July 9, 2009 during the time of protests following the disputed presidential elections. In November 2010, Arash’s mother lost her life after suffering a heart attack when her home was violently raided at night by security agents who were searching for her son. Arash was able to visit the gravesite of his deceased mother when he was temporarily released from prison.

Arash was first released after 50 days of being held in temporary detention while being interrogated. He was detained again on December 27, 2009 and temporarily released on bail in March 2010. On December 10, 2009 while in temporary custody, Arash Sadeghi launched a hunger strike for 17 days in Evin prison in protest of the abuse and mistreatment at the hands of prison officials. Resulting from the hunger strike he had convulsions, suffered a seizure and ended up in a coma.

Since his last arrest on January 15, 2010, Arash Sadegh has been kept in custody in Ward 209 of Evin prison, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Intelligence.

This political prisoner was handed a 6-year prison sentence and 74 lashes by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abbasi. His charges were “gathering and conspiracy against the regime” and “propaganda against the regime.” The prison sentence was later reduced to 5 years by the court of appeals.

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Arash Sadeghi


Kouhyar Goudarzi appeals for support of jailed activist Arash Sadeghi

Kouhyar Goudarzi:

Arash Sadeghi, one of the most oppressed Green movement political prisoners, is on his 22nd day of hunger strike. For 22 days Arash has been on hunger strike in protest of his mistreatment behind bars, yet not one international institution has expressed concern. Arash’s father still has no information about the condition of his son. The only hope of a prisoner on hunger strike is the support of those who have compassion and value for the life of their fellow human being.

Let us be the voice of Arash.

Before it is too late, please spread the word, and share Arash’s plight.

Arash Sadeghi, student activist and member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential election campaign, was studying for his masters degree in philosophy at Allameh Tabatabai University until he was banned from his studies. He was arrested on July 9, 2009 during the time of protests following the disputed presidential elections. In November 2010, Arash’s mother lost her life after suffering a heart attack when her home was violently raided at night by security agents who were searching for her son. Arash was able to visit the gravesite of his deceased mother when he was temporarily released from prison.

Arash was first released after 50 days of being held in temporary detention while being interrogated. He was detained again on December 27, 2009 and temporarily released on bail in March 2010.

This political prisoner was handed a 6-year prison sentence and 74 lashes by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abbasi. His charges were “gathering and conspiracy against the regime” and “propaganda against the regime.” The prison sentence was later reduced to 5 years by the court of appeals.

This is not the first time that Arash has launched a hunger strike. He had gone on hunger strike for 17 days in Evin prison when he had convulsions, suffered a seizure and ended up in a coma.

Since his last arrest on January 15, 2010, Arash Sadegh has been kept in custody in Ward 209 of Evin prison, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Intelligence.

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Arash Sadeghi

 


Arash Mohammadi, jailed student activist on hunger strike in Tabriz prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Leftist student Arash Mohammadi who was detained following the elections on June 15th at a gathering in Tabriz, launched a hunger strike on Monday June 17th.

According to CHRR, on the eve of June 16, 2013, plain clothed agents attacked a gathering in Tabriz, severely beat up some of the attendees and violently arrested about 20 people including Arash Mohammadi and Amir Nazeri. The arrested were transferred to the quarantine section of Tabriz prison.

After the arrests, Ministry of Intelligence agents raided the home of student activist Arash Mohammadi, conducted a search and confiscated personal items including his books.

Some of the detainees were later released on 10 million Tomans bail posted by their families, per orders of Branch 2 of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Hashemzadeh.

Arash Mohammadi had been arrested before on November 3, 2010, when security agents raided his home at 6 am and conducted a search of his residence. The agents detained Arash and his brother Siavash Mohammadi, and transferred them to the Tabriz Ministry of Intelligence headquarters where they were held for 66 days in “temporary detention” before being released on bail.

Judge Hamlbar presiding over Branch 1 of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court sentenced Arash and his brother each to one year and 3 months in prison. On September 16, 2011 when the brothers went to Tabriz prison to pursue their case file, they were arrested and transferred to prison to serve their sentences.

Arash Mohammadi was released from prison on January 10, 2013 after completing his one-year sentence behind bars.

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اعتصاب غذای آرش محمدی، فعال دانشجویی در زندان تبریز

Arash Mohammadi, jailed student activist on hunger strike in Tabriz prison

Arash Mohammadi